Just as iron sharpens iron, you might say that here, irony sharpens irony. Liana Spiro: There's a sense here that we are writing the magazine for ourselves and that no one is reading it. The initiated will see their name on the masthead of the Harvard Lampoon, an eclectic periodical, full of original illustrations and niche advertising. While their straight-laced and straight-faced classmates may aspire to become Supreme Court justices, hedge fund titans, and curers of cancer, for a core group of Harvard undergrads, the Lampoon offers vocational training for careers as comedy writers. We watched as they fanned out across campus, taking that parody issue and scheming to swap it out with the real Crimson.
Guillaume with any and all questions about the program. The Crimson has a rich tradition of journalistic integrity and counts among its ranks of editorship some of America's greatest journalists. Trump would be very interested in. Liana Spiro: Well, the fire alarm has gone off-- four times in the last year. Al Jean, class of '81, came through the Downey pipeline and now runs the Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in television history. The Lampoon has a rich history of deploying that irony in special edition parodies of other publications.
The semester before that, only three. The Trump campaign never did follow up. I can be up there tomorrow. Jon Wertheim: Can you handle that challenge? Back in Hollywood, David Mandel is watching, and reading, this current generation. I believe in it strongly. Jim Downey, class of '74, cuts a mythical figure within Harvard Lampoon circles.
Faculty advisors will also have a chance to tour the building and participate in a roundtable discussion. Every once in a while, the Lampoon will pull off a prank so bold, it achieves comic glory. Our cameras were invited into the castle library to watch upperclassmen put compers on the spot. Over the years, the Lampoon has changed in some ways: a long-time male preserve, three of its last five presidents have been women. And in an ironic turn of events, Harvard's student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, was hacked on the same day to show fake stories trolling Zuckerberg. Jon Wertheim: You're doing this for yourself. Liana Spiro: They were fairly upset.
Tom Waddick: By the way, the chair's about like 150, 200 pounds, so it takes like two, three people to carry it anywhere. This is the headquarters of the Harvard Lampoon, part comedy magazine, part secret society…and these students want in. Jim Downey: We thought it was the funniest thing on Earth to pointlessly put the word frankly into any answer to a question. In other ways, it has stayed true to its roots, poking fun at the powerful - including the current occupant of the Oval Office, the recent victim of a sly Lampoon prank. By working with our editors as well as fellow attendees, all participants will improve their skills and strengthen their interest in journalism, coming up with new ideas that they can then implement in their own papers. I didn't wanna hire another one. The modern era produced Conan O'Brien and Colin Jost, currently co-anchor of Weekend Update for Saturday Night Live.
I was so afraid that if I didn't, he might actually be crazy enough to fly up here. Its website that, in 2018, got 15. Past editors include John F. The faces of Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimson editors line the walls of The Crimson. We found a motley crew when we visited the castle last May. And it would still be worthwhile and I think everyone would still be here just as much trying to be just as funny. The Crimson publishes every morning, Monday through Friday, except on federal and University holidays.
Tom Waddick: While we were there they had sort of hairspray and combed it over and stuff. For decades, the Crimson has been the butt of Lampoon hijinks. I think people are funnier by the end. Alice Ju: Yeah, I mean they've already given up, so. Half his writing staff is former Lampoon. And with that, Tom Waddick and company gained a measure of Lampoon immortality.
Jon Wertheim: Did you send it? I have a younger sister who will be like, doing all the right things while I do this. They lugged the chair in a freight elevator, and made it to the 25th floor. As the temperature drops, a line of undergraduates forms outside the castle at 44 Bow Street. My roommate is actually on the Crimson. About the Conference The conference is a one-day event for high school journalists with all levels of experience. And inside, the Great Hall, site of Lampoon parties so legendary, movies have been made about them.
Tom Waddick: And I sent it right away. The Lampoon is published five times a year, with a circulation barely extending beyond Harvard's gates. It's meant to ensure that students who would otherwise need a term-time job can be Crimson editors, and it's part of our efforts to make sure that all Harvard students have the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the experience of working here, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Your job is not to burn down this place. Liana Spiro: When alumni come back, they're almost all men. Their latest is an absurdist parody of Harvard's daily student newspaper, The Crimson, but that's just the physical product.
And Wayne was right up there, didn't have to be coaxed. So that would indicate perhaps no. Once the cosmetics were complete, it was time to capture the moment. The guy responsible for that Kissinger centerfold fondly recalls his late nights at the castle. .